A useful 37-page literature-review of academic research on Arts and Culture in Regeneration (PDF, 240kb), issued in August 2006…

“The contemporary literature on culture’s contribution to regeneration begs some important questions. If cultural activity does have a positive role to play in the process of regeneration, are certain types of cultural activity and certain types of intervention more effective than others?”

Much the same question-marks can be raised over the workings of urban redevelopment / regeneration per se. We are painfully short of sturdy evaluations of long-term outcomes. Although we can say with some certainty of large-scale regeneration schemes — without the need for academic research — that the poor will get kicked out and local distinctiveness will be erased.